ESPN's Gary Wise has written an interesting piece on the networks website about Nevada's attempts to legalize and regulate online poker. There are currently six states, including Nevada, that have proposed regulation of online poker. The other five are New Jersey, California, Florida, Iowa and Hawaii.
It would also make Nevada the first state issuing such licenses, which would allow the state to get a head start on "competition" like New Jersey, California, Florida, Iowa and Hawaii, the five other states that have proposed state licensing laws. Other states could easily allow Nevada's licensing practices to govern those within their respective infrastructures. [Editor's note: the online gambling bill in New Jersey was recently vetoed and language regulating to online poker was removed from the potential legislation in Iowa.]
"Our organization has reviewed state initiated Internet poker bills that have been introduced from coast-to-coast, and A.B. 258 is the first to earn our support," said Poker Players Alliance executive director John Pappas in a recent statement. "While it is still our preference to have a federal bill that allows for poker players from across the country to benefit from the regulated marketplace, the new Nevada bill is the best attempt at the state level to address the consumer concerns with intra-state regulation."